Protect Your Eyes When You Wear Contact Lenses
Do you wear contact lenses? You’re not alone — more than 40 million Americans use contact lenses to see better. Learn how to take care of your contacts and keep your eyes healthy.
What complications can contact lenses cause?
Lots of people wear contacts to improve their sight. But if you aren’t careful, contact lenses can cause eye problems, like infections.
You can get an infection if you don’t wear, clean, and store your contact lenses safely. These infections can be painful, and get in the way of your normal activities. You could even damage your eyes or harm your vision.
If I wear contacts, what can I do to protect my eyes?
Follow these tips to protect your eyes from infections:
- Follow your eye doctor’s directions on how to wear, clean, and store your lenses
- Wash your hands before you touch your contacts
- Take your contacts out before you go to sleep
- Keep your contacts away from water — take them out before you take a shower, use a hot tub, or go swimming
Help spread the word!
Each August, CDC organizes Contact Lens Health Week in collaboration with partners. Join us and help promote healthy contact lens wear and care!
Check out more contact lens tips from NEI partners
Several eye health organizations offer resources about healthy contact lens care and use. Check them out at the links below.
- Get tips on how to take care of your contact lenses from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Follow these six steps to avoid contact lens infections from the American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Read this guide to caring for and using contacts from the American Optometric Association